Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

Troy Thompson's Excellent Poetry Book by Gary Crew illus by Craig Smith
A novel idea and a great success. This is Troy Thompson's poetry assignment book and includes his teacher's explanations of various poetic forms, Troy's jottings and final poems (in various poetic forms) and his illustrations. Great fun for kids and an excellent resource to help with the teaching of poetry in elementary and middle school. (9 - 13 years)

Smile, Crocodile, Smile by An Vrombaut
Poor Clarabella the crocodile has so many teeth that it takes her all day to clean them, while the other animal children have quickly finished and go off to play. When one of her friends gives her a specially long toothbrush, she too is able to join in the play.
Creativity, Cooperation

Sharon keep your hair on by Gillian Rubinstein illus by David Mackintosh
This rap poem is great fun to read aloud. It is a virtuoso rhyming performance about an extended family which grows and then shrinks. Sharon’s husband shows great ingenuity in adding on the house and then taking the extensions away as needed. (5 – 10 years)
Confidence, Creativity

The Sign on Rosie's Door by Maurice Sendak hardback
Rosie is a very imaginative little girl. She delights in performing as Alinda the lady singer for her friends and manages to convince them to wait till she is magically transformed back to being Rosie.
Confidence, Creativity, Independence

Belonging by Jeannie Baker
This book depicts an inner city suburb which is bleak in its drabness, ugly signs, graffitti and dilapidated houses and the way it changes over several generations. The street is gradually transformed as a little girl and her family begin to plant native trees and flowers. Gradually the whole community becomes involved and the ugly signs are removed, houses are painted, gardens are made and trees are planted in the street. The birds return to the area bringing life and splashes of colour. The community has gradually transformed their suburb into a pleasant, living place. (7 - 11 years)
Appreciation, Cooperation, Creativity, Respect

Fleischman, Paul. Candlewick Press, 1999.
Wesley’s garden produces a crop oh huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.

McLerran, Alice. Scholastic, 1991.
In a rural desert town children imaginatively create a world all their own from the rocks and findings of treasures in Roxaboxen. These childhood memories were firmly held by the individuals who participated in the imaginary town.

Reader’s Digest, Creative Crafts for Kids. New York : Reader's Digest, 2006.

Emma’s Rug.
Say, Allen. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. (two copies)
An artistically talented yet shy young girl, Emma discovers her special gift comes from her inner being after discarding all her drawings and paintings as well as her rug. Say’s simple yet realistic illustrations add another dimension to appreciate particularly
on page thirty-one.

Steptoe, John. Creativity

Free Fall.
Wiesner, David. Mulberry. 1988 (two copies
Falling asleep with a book in his hands a boy’s dreams of far off places with strange imaginary characters are creatively illustrated in this wordless picture book. Skillfully detailed pages engage the reader to carefully study all that is portrayed.

Junior School

Falling Up.
Silverstein, Shel. Harper Collins. 1996.
All sorts of characters, ordinary items, inventions and happenings have an odd or unusual representation in this book of poems.

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